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Expert Advice from wedding guru, Sharon Naylor


Sharon Naylor

Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding planning books and a frequent guest expert on Get Married with Colin Cowie, Good Morning America, and other top shows. Recently featured in such magazines as Martha Stewart Wedding, InStyle Weddings, Brides, Modern Bride and Southern Bride, she is the iVillage Weddings expert and host of "Here Come the Moms" at Wedding Podcast Network.

She lives in Morristown NJ with her husband Joe, and loved using Wedding Mapper for her own April '08 wedding.


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Hello Sharon,
My fiance and I are trying to plan our wedding quickly so that my ailing mother is able to attend. Unfortunately, we're finding that almost every Saturday is booked. We have found a place we like that has a Friday availability. Almost 50% of our guests are coming from about 5 hours away. Is it fair to expect guests to make it in time for a Friday wedding?


Great question! Friday weddings are becoming more popular, and guests often have experience with arranging their work and travel schedules to attend them. Some guests even have to shuffle their schedules to attend Thursday weddings! So yes, considering that you have a situation that everyone will understand, it's perfectly fine to plan a Friday wedding. It will be a little easier for most if it's a Friday NIGHT wedding starting at 7pm or 8pm -- again, very common these days -- and if you're looking at a Friday daytime wedding, guests will be more likely than you expect to arrange their schedules to attend. Some might show up late due to traffic, so be prepared for that to happen, though!


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